Oct 14, 2012 6:00pm EDT
battles. here tonight, jon karl. >> reporter: he was a native of kansas but chose pennsylvania to be his home. after law school at yale, he settled in philadelphia, rising in the prosecutor's office to become district attorney. he took a break in 1964 to work on the warren commission, helping develop the single-bullet theory. specter was elected to the senate in 1980 where he became a fiercely even-handed centrist. he helped sink robert bork's supreme court nomination. >> judge bork i think with all respect you're putting the rabbit in your hat. >> reporter: his tough grilling of anita hill angered democrats. >> i object to that vociferously. i'm asking questions here. >> reporter: and helped lift clarence thomas to the high court. in 2009 he again infuriated republicans by supporting president obama's $800 billion stimulus bill. he lost the support of his party and became a democrat. but pennsylvania democrats didn't return the favor and he lost his bid for a sixth term in the democratic primary. specter battled cancer in 2005 and again in 2008. working in the senate through it all.
Oct 28, 2012 5:30pm PDT
razor thin. here's our senior political correspondent jon karl tonight. >> reporter: it's mother nature's october surprise. a storm so big and so destructive, it could throw the campaign's final week into chaos. >> the storm will throw a little bit of havoc into the race. >> reporter: for president obama, it meant canceling two upcoming campaign events and visiting fema headquarters, vowing an immediate response to the storm. >> we're going to cut through red tape, we're not going to get bogged down with a lot of rules. we want to make sure we are anticipating and leaning forward. >> reporter: there are political stakes, too. a chance for the president to show decisive leadership or to take the blame if the response is bungled. all told, 16 campaign events have already been canceled. mitt romney canceled three in virginia, moving westward to ohio, where he met up with paul ryan. >> today, when we get home, put in our prayers the people who are in the east coast, in the wake of this big storm that's coming. let's not forget those fellow americans of ours. >> reporter: with just ni
Sep 30, 2012 5:30pm PDT
language could have a bigger impact than words, and we remember al gore, george bush and jon stewart having a field day with those sighs. >> i've had a record of that in texas. >> as if the sighing weren't bad enough, gore's behavior got worse. [ laughter ] >> in that same year we remember that moment when al gore got up, walked over towards then governor bush, and this was his reaction. >> trying to get things done, and i believe i can. [ laughter ] >> famous moment. years prior there was president h.w. bush checking his watch at the debates. these have become famous moments. are these debate prep teams telling their candidates, this is what you don't do? >> at this point in time they're emphasizing style as opposed to substance right now because debates that have changed people's minds have all been about physical characteristics and mannerisms really in the modern age and not about the substance of the policy answers, so they're paying a lot of attention to the style and not the substance. >> you can almost watch the debate with the volume down and determine who wins the thing. you point